MLB Arbitration Rundown


If you were anywhere near Twitter yesterday, your feed was probably inundated with arbitration updates.

That’s because Friday marked the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures; each submitting what they think the individual player is worth for the upcoming season.

In most cases, the player and the club avoid arbitration altogether and agree to a new contract to avoid any petty disagreements that run the risk of lingering between the player and management long after the arbitration process has been completed.

There were plenty of examples of teams and players skipping the process this year and agreeing to one-year contracts on Friday; including a record-setting deal between the Tigers and David Price.

Those who didn’t agree on new deals are now in an awkward waiting game. Arbitration hearings begin next month, but both sides can hammer out a contract at any point before the hearing.

If the player and team don’t work out a deal, then a three-person arbitration panel will choose either the salary submitted by the player or the salary submitted by the team based on their arguments. Naturally, you can see where this might breed discontent between the two sides.

As such, we can expect a number of additional deals to pop-up in the coming weeks before the hearings are slated to begin.

Here’s a quick and dirty recap of Friday’s arbitration action from around Major League Baseball.

Listed first are the players who avoided arbitration with their new 2015 salary in parenthesis, in order from largest to smallest. Second, are the players and teams who have filed for arbitration with the players submitted salary, followed by the team’s submitted salary in parenthesis, again from largest to smallest.

All numbers come courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors’ Arbitration Tracker:

Arizona Diamondbacks
Avoided: Jeremy Hellickson ($4.275M)
Filed: Mark Trumbo ($6.9M | $5.3M) & Addison Reed ($5.6M | $4.7M)

Atlanta Braves
Avoided: None
Filed: Mike Minor ($5.6M | $5.1M)

Baltimore Orioles
Avoided: Chris Davis ($12M), Matt Wieters ($8.3M), Chris Tillman ($4.315M), Brian Matusz ($3.2M)
Filed: Bud Norris ($10.25M | $7.5M), Alejandro De Aza ($5.65M | $5M), Steve Pearce ($5.4M | $2M), Zach Britton ($4.2M | $2.2M), Miguel Gonzalez ($3.95M | $2.5M), Ryan Flaherty ($1.5M | $900,000)

Boston Red Sox
Avoided: Rick Porcello ($12.5M) & Junichi Tazawa ($2.25M)
Filed: Wade Miley ($4.3M | $3.4M)

Chicago Cubs
Avoided: Travis Wood ($5.686M), Luis Valbuena ($4.2M), Jake Arrieta ($3.63M), Chris Coghlan ($2.505M), Welington Castillo ($2.1M)
Filed: Pedro Strop ($3M | $2M)

Chicago White Sox
Avoided: Jeff Samardzija ($9.8M) & Tyler Flowers ($2.675M)
Filed: None

Cincinnati Reds
Avoided: Mike Leake ($9.775M &, Zack Cozart ($2.35M)
Filed: Aroldis Chapman ($8.7M | $6.65M), Todd Frazier ($5.7M | $3.9M), Devin Mesoraco ($3.6M | $2.45M)

Cleveland Indians
Avoided: Brandon Moss ($6.5M), Bryan Shaw ($1.55M), Josh Tomlin ($1.5M)
Filed: None

Colorado Rockies
Avoided: Jhoulys Chacin ($5.5M), Rex Brothers ($1.4M), Michael McKenry ($1.0876M)
Filed: Adam Ottavino ($1.475M | $1M)

Detroit Tigers
Avoided: David Price (record $19.75M), Alfredo Simon ($5.55M), OF J.D. Martinez ($3M)
Filed: Al Alburquerque ($2.05M | $1.375M)

Houston Astros
Avoided: Jason Castro ($4M), Tony Sipp ($2.4M), Hank Conger ($1.075M)
Filed: Dexter Fowler ($10.8M | $8.5M) & Marwin Gonzalez ($1.4M | $900,000)

Kansas City Royals
Avoided: Tim Collins $1.475M) & Louis Coleman ($725,000)
Filed: Greg Holland ($9M | $6.65M), Eric Hosmer ($6.7M | $4.6M), Lorenzo Cain ($3.6M | $2M), Mike Moustakas ($3.1M | $1.85M), Danny Duffy ($3M | $1.75M), Kelvin Herrera ($1.9M | $1.15M)

Los Angeles Angels
Avoided: Fernando Salas ($1.375M) & Collin Cowgill ($995,000)
Filed: David Freese ($7.6M | $5.25M), Matt Joyce ($5.2M | $4.2M), Garrett Richards ($3.8M | $2.4M)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Avoided: Kenley Jansen ($7.425M), Justin Turner ($2.5M), Juan Nicasio ($2.3M)
Filed: None

Miami Marlins
Avoided: Steve Cishek ($6.65M), Henderson Alvarez ($4M), Dee Gordon ($2.5M), Aaron Crow ($1.975M)
Filed: None

Milwaukee Brewers
Avoided: Gerardo Parra ($6.2375M)
Filed: None

Minnesota Twins
Avoided: Trevor Plouffe ($4.8M), Tommy Milone ($2.775M), Casey Fien ($1.375M), Eduardo Nunez ($1.025M)
Filed: Brian Duensing ($3.1M | $2.4M) & Jordan Schafer ($1.7M | $1.4M)

New York Mets
Avoided: Daniel Murphy ($8M), Dillon Gee ($5.3M), Ruben Tejada ($1.88M)
Filed: Lucas Duda ($4.7M | $3.75M) & Jenrry Mejia ($3M | $2.1M)

New York Yankees
Avoided: Nathan Eovaldi ($3.3M), Michael Pineda ($2.1M), David Carpenter ($1.275M)
Filed: None

Oakland Athletics
Avoided: Josh Reddick ($4.1M), Brett Lawrie ($1.925M), Sam Fuld ($1.75M), Ryan Cook ($1.4M)
Filed: Tyler Clippard ($8.85M | $7.775M), Jarrod Parker ($1.7M | $850,000), IF Eric Sogard ($1.425M | $900,000), Fernando Abad ($1.225M | $850,000)

Philadelphia Phillies
Avoided: Ben Revere ($4.1M) & Dom Brown ($2.6M)
Filed: None

Pittsburgh Pirates
Avoided: Mark Melancon ($5.4M), Antonio Bastardo ($3.1M), Josh Harrison ($2.8M), Travis Snider ($2.1M), Sean Rodriguez ($1.9M), Tony Watson ($1.75M), Chris Stewart ($1.225 milion), Jared Hughes ($1.075M), Francisco Cervelli ($987,500)
Filed: Neil Walker ($9M | $8M), Pedro Alvarez ($5.75M | $5.25M), Vance Worley ($2.45M | $2M)

San Diego Padres
Avoided: Ian Kennedy ($9.85M), Tyson Ross ($5.25M), Andrew Cashner ($4.05M), Shawn Kelley ($2.835M), Alexi Amarista (two years, $2.5M), Yonder Alonso ($1.65M), Dale Thayer ($1.375M)
Filed: None

San Francisco Giants
Avoided: Yusmeiro Petit ($2.1M)
Filed: Casey McGehee ($5.4M | $4M), Brandon Belt ($4.5M | $3M), Gregor Blanco ($4M | $3.3M), Brandon Crawford ($3.95M | $2.4M)

Seattle Mariners
Avoided: Austin Jackson ($7.7M), Logan Morrison ($2.725M), Dustin Ackley ($2.6M), Justin Ruggiano ($2.505M), Charlie Furbush ($1.3M)
Filed: Tom Wilhelmsen ($2.2M | $1.4M)

St. Louis Cardinals
Avoided: Lance Lynn (three year, $22M)
Filed: Jon Jay ($5M | $4.1M)

Tampa Bay Rays
Avoided: Alex Cobb ($4M), Jake McGee ($3.55M), John Jaso ($3.175M), Desmond Jennings ($3.1M), Kevin Jepsen ($3.025M), Drew Smyly ($2.65M), Rene Rivera ($1.2M), Logan Forsythe ($1.1M)
Filed: None

Texas Rangers
Avoided: Ross Detwiler ($3.45M)
Filed: Mitch Moreland ($3.35M | $2.75M)

Toronto Blue Jays
Avoided: Marco Estrada ($3.9M) & Michael Saunders ($2.875M)
Filed: Josh Donaldson ($5.75M | $4.3M) & Danny Valencia ($1.675M | $1.25M)

Washington Nationals
Avoided: Doug Fister ($11.4M), Stephen Strasburg ($7.4M), Drew Storen ($5.7M)
Filed: Jerry Blevins ($2.4M | $2.2M)

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